Spain backs Ukraine's EU membership plans - Foreign Minister Dastis

Spain backs Ukraine's EU membership plans - Foreign Minister Dastis

Spain supports the EU integration aspirations of Ukraine and is its ally in the Euro-Atlantic sense, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis has said.

He stated this at a joint briefing with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin in Kyiv on Monday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Spain has supported and will continue to support Ukraine. We are not just friends with Ukraine. We are also allies in many spheres. We are allies in our European project, and we sincerely support Ukraine's movement to Europe. We are also allies in the Euro-Atlantic sense, and this once again emphasizes our commonality - we share the same values, and we face the same challenges," Dastis said.

He added that Spain and Ukraine would continue to work together to "create a Europe in which the rights of all are respected, a Europe that will flourish, and where the law will reign."

Dastis said that Spain consistently supported the territorial integrity of Ukraine and thanked the Ukrainian side for its position in the situation of Spain's opposition to the challenges that arose "as a result of the actions, one can already say, of the previous Catalan government."

The Spanish foreign minister also expressed support for Ukrainian reforms, which are very important and necessary, and said that Spain wanted to make a contribution to the development of Ukraine in the economic and social spheres.

Dastis also promised that while Crimea is occupied, Spain will support Ukrainian resolutions on protecting the rights of people on the peninsula at international platforms in New York and Geneva.


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